I AM saddened by the recent closure of Bodmin Treatment Centre after NHS Kernow and Ramsay Health Care failed to reach an agreement on continuing non-emergency services at the facility.
In early March I chaired a constructive public meeting to discuss the closure of the Centre with Bodmin residents, patients and staff, but I was disappointed that neither Ramsay nor NHS Kernow attended to explain why another contract could not be agreed.
The closure is a real blow for the people of Bodmin, North Cornwall and many others in the county. It simply doesn’t make sense to close a purpose-built facility which has short waiting lists and a high level of satisfaction amongst patients. I hope that this is just a short term measure and that NHS treatments can be re-introduced in the near future.
Sticking to the NHS, on 23 April I will be running the London Marathon and am currently training hard to run the 26 miles around the capital.
I will be running in aid of three charities: The Friends of Bodmin Hospital; the Launceston Hospital League of Friends; and the Stratton Hospital League of Friends.
All three organisations and the hospitals they help do amazing work and are essential to the provision of community-based care in North Cornwall. I’ve had a lot of support from people making donations, and if you’d like to contribute, my fundraising page can be found via my website: www.scottmann.org.uk
As readers will be aware, an attack recently took place in Westminster which saw the death of four innocent people, including a police officer who was protecting the Houses of Parliament.
Whatever the reasons behind this evil attack, it is in times like these when you see the real heroism and dedication that flows through our society, from the paramedics and doctors who tended to the victims, to the police officers who ran towards danger while everyone else fled in the opposite direction, to the parliamentary staff who looked after thousands of people locked down in the building.
Of course security will need to be reviewed after this attack, but it is worth reiterating that the attacker was not successful in getting into the building. There are many armed and unarmed police officers, as well as security guards, patrolling the estate, and we should not be quick in jumping to conclusions that all policeman should have weapons or that Parliament should be hidden behind thicker and taller walls.
Parliament sits at the heart of our democracy. It must not be hidden away, and it must remain accessible to the people whom it serves. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and I want to thank all the emergency service personnel who came to our aid that day.
MPs and Peers returned to work the next day to prove that an attack like this will not stop us carrying on as usual, to serve our constituents and debate the issues that really matter.
You can contact Scott at his office on 01208 74337 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @scottmannmp and Facebook is facebook.com/therightmannfornorthcornwall.